Kale is one of the easiest vegetables to grow, bearing nutritious leaves over a long season, with very little effort.
Brassica oleracea ‘Scarlet Curled’ is a highly ornamental, dwarf, curled variety bearing curly, blistered violet-green leaves that become a beautiful violet-red after frost. Young leaves can be harvested for salads or left to mature for winter greens. Delicious steamed or fried, they’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. If left to flower it can be a vital source of nectar and pollen for early bees.
Sow Brassica oleracea ‘Scarlet Curled’ in modules, and transplant 6-8 weeks later, planting them firmly together in moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Weed and water well until well established. Young leaves can be harvested on a cut-and-come-again basis when plants are just 5cm tall.